World leaders congratulate president Buhari on re-election success
London, Feb. 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Leaders from across the world have ben sending goodwill messages to Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari for his re-election success.
China on Wednesday was first to congratulate Buhari and promised a more robust cooperation with Africa’s most populous nation under Buhari’s leadership
Nigeria is China’s strategic partner of cooperation in Africa, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily news conference in Beijing.
“China always attaches high importance to bilateral ties and stands ready to work with the new Nigerian government to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and bring more benefits to the two peoples,” Lu said.
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission announced early Wednesday that incumbent Buhari, also the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress party, topped the poll with 55.6 per cent of the total valid votes in the presidential election.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has equally congratulated Muhammadu Buhari after he was re-elected leader of Nigeria.
In a statement Mr Kenyatta said he was looking forward to continuing to work closely with president Buhari to consolidate “mutually beneficial areas of cooperation for the greater good of both Kenya and Nigeria”.
He also posted a tweet to congratulate Mr Buhari, saying his victory was a “clear demonstration of the trust and confidence” Nigerians have in him.
A statement from the South African presidency says that President Cyril Ramaphosa paid “particular focus on the strengthening of economic cooperation” when congratulating the Nigerian president elect, Buhari.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo also extended a “warm congratulations” to president Buhari in a tweet:
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa also wished Buhari well in his efforts to steer the country towards further progress and development.
This is Buhari’s second four-year term in office. Buhari, 76, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, secured 55.6 percent of the vote, beating his main challenger former vice president Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who received 41.2 percent